Author Archives: Rev. Gretchen Haley

About Rev. Gretchen Haley

Gretchen Haley is relentlessly curious about most things, especially the big stuff of theology, the beauty of creation, the magic of collaboration, and the great joy of pop culture (reflected in this blog by random posts on Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Scandal, Orphan Black, or the latest Marvel movie). She has an audacious ambition for the liberal church, believing in its capacity to transform lives and our world by way of hyper-local relationships and partnerships that inspire the unleashing of courageous love. She's all in on adrienne maree brown's emergent strategy, and finds solace in the trails in and around Fort Collins Colorado where she serves with the brilliant Rev. Sean Neil-Barron as one of the ministers of the Foothills Unitarian Church. She and her amazing partner of over 20 years, Carri, have 2 children, Gracie (14) and Josef (12) who both relish and resent being PKs, and who keep her grounded, frustrated, inspired, and humbled, everyday. She is basically obsessed with her puppy, a large sized mutt, Charlie.

Roots of Resilience: We’ve been here before

There’s a phrase I’ve heard a lot in the past few months: we are living in an unprecedented time.   And in a lot ways – it’s true.  No one in our congregation was alive in 1918 for the Spanish Flu…so none … Continue reading

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Back to Life – Easter 2020

Text: Mary Oliver’s Messenger  Mark’s Gospel Chapter 16  Homily  Last night as I kissed my daughter’s forehead, she felt hot.  In normal times I’d just think: “Teenager. Day in the sun, no big deal.” But this is not a normal time.  So … Continue reading

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Blessed Unrest

Reading: Fault Lines by Robert Walsh  As we have been feeling the fault lines in all of our living rooms this week, I’ve been thinking about the stories of the Hebrew Bible.  Especially the story of Exodus – which begins with an … Continue reading

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State of Emergence-y

When I came back from sabbatical last fall, I carried with me this one poem as a guiding light, and grounding. It’s by Pablo Neruda, called Keeping Quiet. It’s a poem about the wisdom of stillness – the healing we … Continue reading

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All or Nothing

It was 1866, and the work for women’s suffrage was at a crossroads.  The civil war had ended the year before. Loss and grief were everywhere.  Over 10,000 battles had been fought, over 600,000 died.  What it means for two sides … Continue reading

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Bluebird by Charles Bukowski There’s a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out But I’m too tough for him I say, stay in there I’m not going to let anybody see you There’s a bluebird in my heart … Continue reading

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Inefficiently Yours

Reading: Wendell Berry’s Manifesto: Mad Farmer Liberation Front  Sermon: Inefficiently Yours  Every day this week, I had at least one package on my front porch when I got home.  Every day.  At least one.  Not all of them were from … Continue reading

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Tomorrow Land

Reading: The House Called Tomorrow by Alberto Rios  Just over three years ago, we convened an impromptu evening service – the night after the national election.    People poured in to social hall for the potluck meal we invited before the … Continue reading

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What Were You Expecting? Hanukkah 2019

Imagine you are living in a time with the long reign of a narcissistic dictator, a rise that meant multiple generations living with tyranny, oppression, fear.  Imagine for many years your people have been terrorized and even killed by those … Continue reading

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Lose Your To Do List

Reading: Ross Gay’s Loitering Sermon: Lose Your To-Do List Growing up, I learned a special way to mark time at this time of year. Even better than the “Christmas Countdown app.” I learned to mark time with an Advent Calendar.   … Continue reading

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